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American Me [HD DVD] [1993] [US Import]

Edward James Olmos , William Forsythe , Edward James Olmos    HD DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes, Roberto Martín Márquez
  • Directors: Edward James Olmos
  • Writers: Floyd Mutrux, Desmond Nakano
  • Producers: Edward James Olmos, Antoinette Levine, Brian E. Frankish, Floyd Mutrux, Irwin Young
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHZL3U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Actor-turned-director Edward James Olmos set out to spread the word against the destructiveness of gang violence with this 1992 gritty drama. Set in the barrios of East Los Angeles, he attempts to cover 30 years in the life of a family with strong gang ties. This brutally realistic story may not intentionally glorify violence, but it offers no answers. (Olmos actually shot the prison scenes in Folsom, which explains their harsh reality.) Great performances though, especially by Olmos and William Forsythe. Olmos plays a gang leader released from prison who is finally in touch with himself, only to realise it is too late. The one major problem with this well-intentioned flick is that it is rated R for violence, nudity, and profanity. Therefore, the kids who most need its message are not, in theory, the ones who will see it. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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4.0 out of 5 stars More than what it seems 16 Mar 2008
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This is not only a story about criminal gangs, it is also an interesting look about the way ethnic groups (here, Hispanic) first develop those gangs as a way to protect themselves against surrounding violence, also about how those gangs keep living and growing in prison. The film is based on the life of authentic characters, and raised many reactions (see Wikipedia about it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 29 Mar 2014
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I first watched this movie back in the early to mid nineties, and didn't see it on any station again. After checking Amazon to see if it could be found, I am delighted to have it in my collection. If any one is interested in this movie, be warned, it is definitely not for the faint hearted..
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5.0 out of 5 stars american me 20 Jan 2014
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an excellent film. I would highly recommend this to others. it is a pretty accurate picture of the barrio in the 70's in los angeles.
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